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Well, instead of the autocross today *stabs AT&T* we went on a Tejas Miata Club drive. Around 18 cars made it, including an S2000, a 911, and a CLS55 AMG (that'd be a Mercedes). My instructor from my last track day, AC, was there, and I'm actually managing to recognize some of the regular Tejas Miata people now (I'm so horrible at recognizing people... I know those cars have gone on runs before, but which people belong to them?!?!). We had a great time driving down Texas roads of various sizes and states-of-repair, and more than once I was worried a rock had damaged something. That plastic lower lip on the front of my car makes a lot of noise when a good sized rock hits it. But I haven't been able to find any damage on the car.

My brakes are heavily worn, and that combined with the low water crossings made my left front brake just stop working for a bit. A few good presses on the brake pedal dried it out and got it working, but today's drive was definitely hard on the car in a way autocross and track time isn't. Low water crossings, cattle guards, and potholes definitely put different stresses on the car than relatively smooth pavement driven really really hard.

My mother made it out, too, with my old '94 Miata that's now hers. She seemed to have a wonderful time. She's always loved driving, and I'm so very pleased she gets to drive a car that's so fun to drive, now.
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greengalnblack From: greengalnblack Date: April 14th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
The S2000, checking in :) It was really nice to meet your mom; she really is a sweet lady!

I don't know how hard that kind of driving is on brakes, but I *know* it's hell on suspension. I blew out a shock in a low water crossing at speed, a la Ed, last fall :)
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: April 14th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, my brakes were on their way out before this drive. I've been researching the pad replacement options for the car for a bit, and I'm very unsatisfied with my options. It seems it's either "pads that aren't really an upgrade over OEM" or "track pads that won't be an upgrade for autocross 'cuz they won't get hot enough soon enough." I want HP+! Comon, Hawk, make them for the NC already!!!
greengalnblack From: greengalnblack Date: April 14th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel your pain. Another thing for me is not being willing to put up with the excessive mess of brake dust from high performance pads. I've gone back to OEM pads time and again for not wanting to clean wheels ad nauseum, but I also don't do track days, so it's not the issue for me that it might be for trackheads.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: April 14th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Brake dust soooo doesn't bother me, but I want all the help I can get with CSP. More boys need more butt kickings! ;)
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